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The Changing Face of Richmond

Richmond is a melting pot of families who have lived here for generations coupled with an international audience of newcomers, all coexisting in this historic, southern city. Downtown Richmond's demographics are not much different. From college students here for a few years to young couples planting their roots, you will find it all in the daily life of the city's urban core. Empty-nesters who once made their living in the skyscrapers of downtown are now living in condos in renovated adjacent buildings. Better yet, students who once lived in neighboring dorms are now established adults pursuing careers and calling Richmond home. Learn more about the city's changing demographics below.

Richmond's historic neighborhoods are developing and growing faster than ever. With over 185 restaurants, unique murals, art galleries, an urban riverfront, and historic landmarks, the metro Richmond area continues to evolve.

Richmond is also home to many nationally recognized events each year, including the Friday Cheers concert series, Dominion Energy Riverrock, 2nd Street Festival, and The Richmond Folk Festival. Check out all of our latest events on our Richmond events calendar.

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Richmond Demographics

  • More than 52% of the Richmond population are women
  • RVA has a “prime working age” of 25-54 years
  • 45.9% White
  • 48.8% Black/African American
  • 6.7% Latino or Hispanic
  • 9.2% Language other than English spoken at home
  • 84.5% High school graduate or higher, age 25+
  • 37% Bachelor’s Degree or higher age 25+

Richmond Market Data

  • 25-minute is the average commute time
  • 58.75°F (14.9°C) is the average temperature of the Richmond Region
  • RVA's cost of living is 95/100 - 5 points lower than the U.S. average
  • There are 9 historic districts in downtown Richmond alone
  • Median household income: $42,356
  • Media gross rent $942
  • Men-owned firms: 9,180
  • Women-owned firms: 7,426
  • Minority-owned firms: 6,859

Interested in learning more about downtown Richmond’s on-going development and growth? Check out our Downtown Richmond Development page.

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